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FPL won't go before state agency this week to discuss wind turbine plan  

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Florida Power & Light Co. will not go before a state agency this week to discuss its wind turbine plan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday.

The Acquisition and Restoration Council, a state agency affiliated with DEP that oversees the use of public conservation lands, was set to meet Thursday and Friday in Tallahassee. The item is no longer on the agenda, said Sarah Williams, a DEP spokeswoman.

Whether FPL willingly took the item off the agenda, as county commissioners urged them to do, or was taken off the agenda by the council was unclear. An FPL spokeswoman declined to immediately comment.

Commissioners Charles Grande and Chris Craft said they would withdraw any future support of the project if FPL went before the agency this week.

The company wants to place three wind turbines on state land at Blind Creek Park leased by the county and six on its own property at the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant. ARC was to consider allowing an easement on the land and the county would have had to approve it before it would go to the governor and the cabinet for final approval, Williams said.

Simultaneously, FPL is seeking a zoning change and a height variance for the turbines, an application that is under review by county staff.

By Derek Simmonsen


13 February 2008

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